Ana-Paula Cordeiro

She is only the second Brazilian female ever - from the country’s armed forces or defence industry - to have been selected for the 12 month post-graduate course.

"I am delighted to have been offered a place at RCDS,” says Ana-Paula.  "I hope the experience I gain there will not only benefit our Brazilian customers but also our industrial partners in country too.”

The London-based RCDS course, which begins in September, is attended mainly by military, diplomatic, civil service and police personnel of the very highest potential. From the private sector, BAE Systems chooses only one of its executives each year to participate.

“This is the first time a Brazilian has been selected by the company for the course,” says Llyr Jones, Vice President at BAE Systems for Latin America & Canada. “It highlights the importance we place on Brazil and our commitment to developing our people. Ana-Paula’s nomination recognises the excellent work she has done for BAE Systems in Brazil and will help her play an even more important role there in the future.” 

With a BA in Law from Brasilia’s UniDF, Ana-Paula joined BAE Systems in 1998. In 2010 she was appointed Director, Brazil within Group Business Development. She is responsible for the company’s Brasilia office and for promoting the company’s product portfolio among the Brazilian Armed Forces as well as other Brazilian defence government agencies and authorities.

While Ana-Paula is in the UK, Jim Reid will function as General Manager, Group Business Development – Brazil. His most recent role was leading BAE Systems’ Group Business Development activities in Canada. 

“Jim has a wealth of international defence and security expertise,” added Llyr Jones. “I am delighted to be able to place such an experienced executive in Brazil at this time.” 

BAE Systems’ Brasilia office has also recruited Marco Antônio Caffé as Director Land & Security.  Marco recently retired from the Brazilian Army as a Colonel after 33 years’ service where he served in a variety of roles in Brazil and overseas.